Chaianan Sutthikul, the Mayor of Kathu Municipality, Phuket, said that Phuket Tin Mine Museum had been constructed from 2006 – 2008. It cost 50 million baht in construction. It was aimed to be a place presenting Phuket original way of life and lifestyle.
The museum welcomed Thai and foreign visitors to see the exhibition for a while; however an incomplete construction made the municipality decide to close for a full renovation/improvement. After the work is completed, the museum would be re-opened in late November. The municipality had cooperated with organizations and tour agents to promote the museum to Phuket residents and tourists.
The museum will be another showcase of Phuket life, culture, and history, especially with tales from the tin mine age in Kathu and other areas around the island. The museum is located in Moo 5, Kathu-Na Koh Road, Kathu, Phuket, not far from Loch Palm Golf Club. Its building is in the Sino-Portuguese style. Inside, there is the open air area called Jim Jae in the center of the building; this is the uniqueness of Phuket style house.
The exhibitions in the museum are called Life Museum including Outdoor and Indoor exhibitions. Outdoor exhibitions show different ways of mining, meanwhile the indoor exhibitions are about the history of tin mining and lifestyle of the miners.